Top 10 Biggest Football Stadiums In The World

Football is a beautiful game that has won the hearts of many. This interesting sport is watched by billions of people around the world. The stadium allows fans to watch and cheer their team to victory. It is incredible to know that there are football stadiums that can accommodate hundreds of thousands of people.

Yes, it is no surprise that football attracts lots of people and creates incredible memories in the hearts of people. For this reason, club owners and football association groups are working to increase the size of their stadiums to accommodate more fans, people, and spectators.

In this article, we will provide you with a fresh and updated list of the top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world.

Top 10 Biggest Football Stadiums In The World

The following are the biggest football stadiums on the planet right now:

1. Rungrado 1st of May Stadium

  • LOCATION:  Rungra Island, Pyongyang, North Korea.
  • CONSTRUCTION COST: Unknown.
  • CAPACITY: 150,000.

The biggest stadium in the world is located in Rungra Island, Pyongyang, North Korea. It sits on a land area of almost 21 hectares. The date of its opening dates back to 1989. In the 1990s, it was reported that Kim Jong-il, a former Supreme leader of North Korea, picked a golf club for the first time at the launching and opening of the Pyongyang Golf Complex. It has North Korea’s only 18-hole golf course with a par of 72. Kim Jong-il proceeded to shoot an amazing 38-under-par round of 34, of which 11 shots were holes-in-one.

Unlike English football, North Korean football is not a prominent one, but this stadium has been useful for numerous activities outside football. It serves as a multipurpose venue for shows, events, ceremonies – thanks to the scalloped roof, which has several intricate works. It was used for the Arirang Festival, a gymnastic & artistic event held from June to July 2002, which recorded over 100,000 participants.

The Rungrado 1st of May Stadium serves as the home ground for the North Korean national football team. As earlier mentioned, it also holds a variety of non-football events every year. Although the build cost of the stadium is not yet known, it can be deduced that the stadium costs millions of dollars. Being the largest stadium on earth, the Rungrado 1st of May Stadium has over 150,000 seat capacity.

In 1990, some North Korean officers who were accused of plotting to assassinate Kim Jong-il were executed in a mass burning inside the ground. The stadium’s design is impressive and it remained that way since it was opened. However, there was a period of maintenance between 2013 and 2015. After renovation, the stadium was opened for activities in 2015. Later in 2017, the Rungrado 1st of May Stadium was used to play six group stage matches in the 2018 AFC U-23 Championship.

2. Camp Nou

Biggest Football Stadiums In The World
  • LOCATION:  Spain.
  • CONSTRUCTION COST: €1.73 billion.
  • CAPACITY: 99,354.
  • FIELD SIZE: 105m x 68m (115 yd x 74 yd).

Camp Nou serves as the home ground of the top Spanish football side, FC Barcelona since it was officially opened in September 1957. This is undoubtedly the biggest stadium in Spain and Europe. The build cost of the stadium is estimated to cost more than 300m Spanish Pesetas.

The Nou Camp boasts a maximum seat capacity of almost 100,000, which is an incredible feat for an all-seater stadium. It was built from 1954 to 1957. Over the past few years, the Camp Nou has been used to host important tournaments, matches, and games such as the UEFA Champions League Finals, FIFA World Cup, European Nations’ Cup, Olympic Games, and many others. It hosted two UCL finals and one of the semi-final matches of the 1982 FIFA World Cup. This stadium used to have a maximum capacity of 121,749 but it was later decreased to 99,354.

The latest renovations and expansions in the stadium cost more than €600 million. Despite spending more than €500 million on maintenance, the Nou Camp is yet to have a roof over most sections. Even after reducing the number of seats in the stadium, the Barcelona board and management have revealed expansion plans and projects, which are expected to be completed before 2024. If the expansion project is executed successfully, Camp Nou will become the second biggest football stadium in the world. Hence, it will overthrow the Australian Cricket Ground in the list of the world’s largest stadiums.

Apart from football events, the Nou Camp has been used for missionary work. In 1982, Pope John Paul II celebrated a mass at this ground – with over 121,000 turning up for the program. In 1983, Spanish singer, Julio Iglesias performed at a show that has over 60,000 people in attendance. Other artists who had concerts in this stadium include U2, The Three Tenors, and Bruce Springsteen.

3. First National Bank (FNB) Stadium

  • LOCATION:  Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • CONSTRUCTION COST: $440 Million South Africa Rands.
  • CAPACITY: 94,736.
  • FIELD SIZE: 105m x 68m (115 yd x 74 yd).

The First National Bank Stadium, also known as The Calabash or Soccer City is the largest stadium in Africa. This stadium ranks as the third-largest football stadium in the world. The FNB Stadium was opened in 1989 and it serves as the home ground of the South African national football team (Bafana Bafana), National Rugby Union Team, and the domestic football club, Kaizer Chiefs.

This stadium has enormous size and is primarily utilized for hosting football and rugby games. Particularly, this stadium is known for hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final between Netherlands and Spain. It should be known that South Africa is the first African nation to host the FIFA World Cup Games.

In order to prepare the stadium for the World Cup games, the FNB Stadium went through a significant upgrade, which included adding an upper-tier around the stadium. The renovation increased the seating capacity to 94,736 and introduced new features such as a new roof, changing rooms, executive suites, and floodlights. Without a doubt, the atmospheric condition of the stadium during the 2010 World Cup was truly memorable.

In 1990, Nelson Mandela delivered his first speech after his release from prison. Another special moment was when it featured the memorial service of former South African president, Nelson Mandela on December 10, 2013.

Away from football games, this stadium has been used to host concerts and shows of top-profile musicians including; Shakira, Lady Gaga, U2, Neil Diamond, Bruce Springsteen, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Bon Jobi, and the Foo Fighters.

4. Rose Bowl Stadium

  • LOCATION:  Pasadena, California, United States.
  • CONSTRUCTION COST: $4 million.
  • CAPACITY: 92,542.
  • FIELD SIZE: 105m x 68m (115 yd x 74 yd).

The Rose Bowl Stadium, better known as American Football Stadium is one of the most important stadiums in the United States. This stadium hosted the 1984 Olympic Gold Medal Match, the final match of the 1994 FIFA World Cup, the final match of the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, coupled with many CONCACAF and U.S Soccer Federation matches.

Americans are big fans of football too. Check out college football and NFL competitions and you will know why the U.S is a big fan of the round leather game. Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Sergiño Dest, Gio Reyna, Weston McKennie, Zack Steffen, and Christian Pulisic are some of the big names in American football. Football in America hasn’t reached its peak yet, the sport is only beginning to gain traction in the country. Although there are lots of big football stadiums in America, the Rose Bowl Stadium in California happens to be the biggest of them all.

Even though the stadium was opened sometime in the 1920s, it started gaining ground in world football in 1994, when the FIFA World Cup Games was played in the United States. From 1927 to 1997, the seating capacity was around 104,091 and then in 1998, it was reduced somewhere around 91,136 and 92,542 for the 1998 Rose Bowl.

The Rose Bowl American football match was frequently held in this place and this is where the stadium derivers its name from. Prior to that, the stadium was called the Tournament of Roses Bowl or Tournament of Roses Stadium. In 2011, the participation for around 94,118 and the stadium served as the pitch for the BSC National Championship and the College Football Playoffs.

Since the United States hosted the World Cup games in 1994, the Rose Bowl Stadium has served as the home ground of several football teams in the U.S. One of the prominent football teams who have used this ground is L.A Galaxy. One of the common features the Rose Bowl shares with many other stadiums in America is that it lacks a roof.

The 1994 FIFA World Cup final between Brazil and Italy happens to be one of the classic games to be played in this stadium. Similar to other stadiums in this list, the Rose Bowl Stadium has been used for holding music shows and concerts. Since 1982, big names such as The Cure, Depeche Mode, Blue Oyster Cult, Pink Floyd and the Rolling Stones, and Michael Jackson have performed in this stadium.

5. Wembley Stadium

  • LOCATION:  England, London, U.K.
  • CONSTRUCTION COST: £947 Million.
  • CAPACITY: 90,000.
  • FIELD SIZE: 105m x 68m (115 yd x 74 yd).

Wembley Stadium is not just the most popular football stadium in England but it is an iconic home for football fans in the United Kingdom. Wembley happens to be the home of the England National Team; the Three Lions on England play their home games on this ground. This stadium is owned by the Football Association (FA) and it is operated by Wembley National Stadium Ltd, a subsidiary of the FA Group.

The new Wembley stadium sits on the same construction site as the original 1923 Wembley Stadium. It was evident that the new layout brought additional features to the old stadium after it was opened in 2007. The 133m high arch is a new landmark for stadiums in England and it is recognized around the globe. It is claimed that upgrading the stadium cost over £800 million, and the stadium is worth over £1.3 billion in current market value.

Despite the exorbitant cost of renovation, Wembley has been vindicated as it is one of the top destinations for high-profile national and international football games. The increased cost of construction coerced the English Football Association to allow games from different league divisions to hold in the stadium. Additionally, concerts are held in this stadium.

Wembley is known to host some important and exciting football games, including the League Cup finals, FA Cup semi-final and finals, Community Shield, and the Rugby Challenge Cup final. It also hosted the two semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League 2020 and the UEFA Champions League Final in 2011 and 2013.

The Wembley Stadium has a seating capacity of 90,000, which is one of the largest in the world. The atmosphere at Wembley is incredible. If you are a football fan in the United Kingdom, you can testify of this fact mentioned.

6. The Estadio Azteca Stadium

  • LOCATION:  Mexico City, Mexico.
  • CONSTRUCTION COST: $260 Million.
  • CAPACITY: 87,441.
  • FIELD SIZE: 105m x 68m (115 yd x 74 yd).

The Estadio Azteca is located in Santa Ursula, a suburb in Mexico City. This stadium is the home of the Mexican national team and the home of Club America, who play at the Mexican top division. Over the years, this stadium has been used by many football clubs including Atletico Espanyol, Atlante, Cruz Azul, Necaxa, and Universidad Nacional. This stadium is popular for its large capacity (104,000) alongside its electrifying atmosphere. The Estadio Azteca is the biggest football stadium in South America. It is said that this is the only stadium to host two separate FIFA World Cup finals.

On 5th June 1966, the Estadio Azteca had its first-night game when Necaxa welcome La-Liga side, Valencia. It also hosted the Copa Interamericana finals; the first in 1978 between America and Boca Juniors and the second in 1990 between America and Paraguayan side, Club Olimpia.

It is the only football stadium to have both Pele and Diego Maradona win the FIFA World Cup trophy in 1970 and 1986 respectively. Brazil defeated Italy 4-1 to win the FIFA World Cup in 1970 and in 1986, Argentina prevailed over West Germany with a 3-2 victory. Both Brazilian legend, Pele and his Argentine counterpart, Diego Maradona are considered as the greatest football players of all time.

 Additionally, The Estadio Azteca stadium also hosted the “Game of the Century”, when Italy defeated West Germany 4–3 in extra time in one of the semifinal matches of the 1970 FIFA World Cup. The stadium will continue to be remembered in the history books for being the location for the famous Diego Maradona’s “Hand of God” goal in the 1986 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals between England and Argentina.

Asides from football, the Estadio Azteca stadium has been used for hosting other sports events, including high-level boxing, and has been used to hold converts for A-list musicians. Popstar, Michael Jackson ended his Dangerous Tour with 5 sold-out shows in 1993. Also, U2 performed to an audience of 110,000 people in 2011, Paul McCartney performed in front of 53,000 in 2012 and the funeral ceremony of Mexican comedian, Roberto Gomez Bolaños was held there in 2014.

7. Bukit Jalil National Stadium

  • LOCATION: Kuala Lumpur, Maylaysia.
  • CONSTRUCTION COST: RM 800 Million.
  • CAPACITY: 87,441.
  • FIELD SIZE: 105m x 68m (115 yd x 74 yd).

The Bukit Jalil National Stadium is the largest football stadium in Southeast Asia. Since its opening in 1998, this stadium has served as the ground for hosting Commonwealth Games, Southeast Asian Games, AFC Asian Cup, Malaysian FA Cup, and many other sporting activities. Particularly, this stadium hosted the 1998 Commonwealth games held in Kuala Lumpur.

This stadium has been used for the Champions Youth Cup final, the FA Premier League Asia Cup and also served as pre-season tours for Chelsea, Liverpool, and Manchester United.

It was been built for around RM 800 million and can hold over 87,000 spectators. The Bukit Jalil National Stadium is considered the best stadium in Malaysia and it serves as the home of the Malaysian national football team. Even though Malaysia football is really popular globally, they still have a well-equipped football stadium. This stadium has a roof made of reinforced concrete. After renovation, the stadium spots new LED lighting, retractable roof, retractable seats, and other new facilities installed in it.

Like most huge stadiums, the Bukit Jalil National Stadium has also been used by different music artists for holding concerts. Musicians such as Usher, The Corrs, Kelly Clarkson, and Linkin Park have performed on this ground.

8. Borg El Arab Stadium

  • LOCATION: Borg El Arab, Egypt.
  • CONSTRUCTION COST:  €200 million in 2006.
  • CAPACITY: 86,000.
  • FIELD SIZE: 105 m × 70 m (344 ft × 230 ft).

The Borg El Arab Stadium, also called Egyptian Army Stadium is the second-largest stadium in Africa after the FNB Stadium in South Africa. This stadium measures 145 feddans (609,000 sq m) and is surrounded by a fence, which is 3 km long, along with an internal road network that is 6 km long. Additionally, this stadium has a parking lot that can accommodate over 5000 cards and 200 buses beside an airstrip, and there are 136 electronic entrances.

This stadium is covered by an umbrella, which covers 35% of the total area of this stadium. Also, it has 2 mini-stadiums for training; each ground can hold over 2000 spectators. The stadium has 2 locker rooms and another field for athletic activities. Inside this stadium, you can find an air-conditioned hotel or guest house for 200 guests, a gym, a swimming pool, and a department building that can contain 80 people.

The air-conditioned facilities in this stadium have made it a convenient place to be considered the extreme weather condition of the East African country. The Borg El Arab Stadium is the home of the Egyptian national football team. It was on this ground that the Pharaohs of Egypt qualified for the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1990. The stadium was submitted as part of Egypt’s bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2010.

Although the seating capacity is 86,000, more than 30% of the total seat capacity is reserved for football executives, VIPs, and first-class citizens. The Borg El Arab Stadium was used to play the opening game of the 2009 FIFA Under-20 World Cup between Egypt Vs Trinidad and Tobago. Some of the FIFA officials felt that the stadium was identical to the Stade de France, however, the then FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, described it as a fantastic ground.

9. Azadi Stadium

  • LOCATION: West of Teran.
  • CONSTRUCTION COST: 2,578,183,966 tomans (€400,163,944).
  • CAPACITY:  95,225.
  • FIELD SIZE: 110 m × 75 m (361 ft × 246 ft).

Azadi Stadium is also one of the biggest football stadiums in the world. This stadium has been used as the main ground of the Iranian soccer team since 1973. It also served as the venue for the main events of the 1984 Olympic Games. It was constructed as part of a larger complex that houses numerous facilities for Olympic events. This laid the groundwork for ambitious plans for Tehran to make a bid to host future Olympic Games.

It was the underlying time for the seventh Asian Games in 1974 and this was the point of convergence for Tehran, which offered to host the 1984 Olympic Games. However, that bid was futile as the ground and the ground was utilized for the 1976 AFC Asian Cup as well as the 1999 and 2002 AFC Champions Class last.

Despite the large size of this stadium, it hasn’t hosted a groundbreaking music show and concert, except for Frank Sinatra who performed there in 1975. In 2015, the Ladies’ Islamic Games were held in the Azadi Stadium.

10. Metlife Stadium

  • LOCATION: East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States.
  • Year of Launch: 2010.
  • CONSTRUCTION COST: $1.6 billion.
  • CAPACITY:  82,500.

The Metlife stadium serves as the home of two NFL teams, the New York Jets and the New York Giants. It is a multi-purpose ground, which makes it perfect for music concerts and sports activities. Some of the big music stars to have performed in this stadium include Jay-Z, Beyonce, Drake, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Fatboy Slim, AC/DC, U2, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Guns n Roses, Metallica, One Direction, Calvin Harris, and Paul McCartney.

It cost a fortune to put up this stadium: $1.6 billion dollars. This ground has been used for several international football matches, one of which is the game between Mexico and Ecuador. Teams such as Columbia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and the USA football team have played on this ground. Although most of the matches played on this ground are either international friendlies or exhibition matches, the Copa America Centenario happens to be one of the competitive matches to be played here.

The Copa America is a competition which was held to mark the centenary of the Copa America tournament. We hope that this will change when the United States of America will host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. The stadium meets the FA regulations and the design is impressive.

With more tournaments such as the FIFA World Cup approaching, more stadiums will be built and existing ones will be expanded. At this moment, the aforementioned stadiums are the biggest football stadiums in the world.